Does Medicare pay for cataract surgery and glasses afterwards?

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Does Medicare pay for cataract surgery and glasses afterwards?

Expert Answer

Yes, Medicare Part B can pay for one pair of eyeglasses or one set of contact lenses after you've had cataract surgery. This coverage only applies if the surgery implanted a new lens in your eye (as is done in most cataract surgeries). If you get glasses covered by Medicare, it will pay for the lenses and frames, but only basic frames. If you want any other kind of frames, you'll have to pay out of pocket for the difference between the standard amount Medicare pays and the amount your frames actually cost. You'll also have to pay a coinsurance amount, which is 20% of the amount Medicare approves for the lenses and frames, or for the contacts.